Don’t read this. Go for a hike.

My name is Bob Falcone. You may know me from Twitter, @HikingBob, or as the board president of one of the oldest park “friends” groups in Colorado Springs. It’s nice to meet you.

I like to hike — a lot — and I like to take people with me. You can say it’s an obsession but I’m OK with that. After all, I hiked 460 miles last year and, barring any injuries, this year I’ll do 500 miles. Yes, I do have a job (and a life).

Stop reading this. Go for a hike.

Almost everyone who lives in the Colorado Springs area will tell you they like to hike. That is expected, considering that we live in one of the most hiker-friendly places in the country. It’s also, well, pretty wonderful — if you’re reading this, you’re likely one of those people.

Stop reading this. Go for a hike.

When I talk to people, or read their Twitter posts, I notice most people tend to hike the same handful of trails. That’s OK, but have you ever looked at the mountains and the forest and wondered what else was out there?

Stop reading this. Go for a hike.

I’ve criticized the Independent about the dearth of “outdoors” coverage, which is odd since I know many of the staff spend lots of time in the great outdoors. Their answer, simply, was for me to be the “outdoors” blogger— that’ll teach me to be critical.

If you’ve ever hiked with me, you know I love to talk about the trails I’ve hiked, the trails I want to hike, and what I’d like to see happen in Colorado Springs and the surrounding area as it relates to hiking. Now I get to share my thoughts with all of you.

For the cyclists, runners, backpackers and other outdoors enthusiasts reading this, don’t fret. I plan to address your passions in the weeks and months to come, too. My goal is to get as many people outdoors and on a trail as possible.

So, kindly join me, won’t you?

And for crying out loud….


Bob Falcone is a firefighter, arson investigator, nonprofit board president, college instructor, photographer, hiker and small business owner whose lived in Colorado Springs for 23 years. You can follow him on Twitter (@hikingbob), Facebook (Hiking Bob), or visit his website ( E-mail questions, comments, suggestions, etc to Bob: